After releasing a 33-minute version of her album When I Get Home last February, visual artist, singer and songwriter (and familiar name to all) Solange has returned with an extended 44-minute cut.
Directed and edited by Solange – with contributions from directors Alan Ferguson, Terence Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite and Ray Tintori – the film is set to premiere across renowned art institutions from 17 July until October – this includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, The Nasher Sculpture Centre, Texas, and various others.
Featuring new scenes and arrangements, plus some striking new art pieces, Houston-based artists Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt are hitting the big screen alongside collage pieces by Gio Escobar, founder of American experimental jazz and hip-hop group Standing on the Corner.
And if that isn’t enough, new sculptural pieces by Gio, titled Boundless Body, will see an eight by 100ft rodeo arena take centre stage in the desert of Marfa – the home of renowned architectural wonders that are also presented in the film. This includes the Rothko Chapel at the Menial Collection – a Houston landmark that flits between an interfaith sanctuary as well as an art museum with 14 paintings by abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Additionally, the Dallas City Hall makes a scene – designed by I. M. Pei, an architectural legend known for creating iconic modern buildings on prominent sites around the world.
Synonymous with its spiritual and historical surroundings, When I Get Home is as much a physical exploration of architecture and art as it is a personal muse. In a statement made by the artist, Solange comments: “When I was younger I would fear what the people called the Holy Spirit and what it would do to the men and women around me. I never wanted it to catch me, and was terrified on how it might transform me if it did!”
She adds: “Much of this film is a surrendering to that fear. After a really tough health year and the loss of the body that I once knew, the film is an invitation for that same spirit to manifest through me and the work I want to continue to create.”